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Wine of the week: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Line 39 sauvignon blancLine 39 sauvignon blanc: Dependable grocery store white wine, offering the kind of value we need more of

There are two important things to know about the Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc. First, that it’s sold in grocery stores across the country. Second, that it’s one of the few examples of wine made for grocery stores that offers varietal character, quality, and value.

So please don’t leave a comment belittling the wine for either of those reasons. These days, when a snipe hunt is more productive than finding joy in the grocery store Great Wall of Wine, the Line 39 sauvignon blanc ($10, purchased, 13.5%) is most welcome.

In this, it’s one of eight wines from Line 39, all of which are made to taste like they’re supposed to and (usually) widely available. The sauvignon blanc is my favorite – not necessarily a great wine, but a dependable one, so that I know I can buy it to have with the ingredients for spaghetti with clam sauce.

This year’s vintage is a touch less citrusy and has more lemongrass than previous efforts. But the minerality in the back is nicely done, and there’s a dollop of pleasing tropical fruit in the middle. It’s what we need more of — professional cheap wine you can buy at the grocery store and enjoy.

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